Bill 125 (2000)An Act to proclaim the month of June as Deaf-Blind Awareness Month in Ontario.
Deaf-blindness is a unique disability that incorporates the sensory loss of both sight and hearing.
Persons with this disability experience extreme isolation and the inability to access the services and information which most of us take for granted.
June is the birth month of Helen Keller, a deaf-blind person known around the world for her perseverance and achievements, and an inspiration to the deaf-blind community.
Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice
and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the
Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
- The month of June each year is proclaimed Deaf-Blind Awareness Month.
- Commencement: This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.
- Short title: The short title of this Act is the Deaf-Blind Awareness Month Act, 2000.
RCH operates North America's only barrier-free independent living residence with intervenor services for people who are deaf-blind. RCH tenants are active adults and seniors who live independently in their apartments. RCH also provides case management, outreach and emergency intervenor services.
Intervenors are professionally trained to provide auditory and visual information to people who are deaf-blind. Acting as the eyes and ears, an intervenor provides complete information of the environment and surrounding circumstances to the person who is deaf-blind who is unable to attain this information for him or herself because of a dual sensory loss. Intervenors also acts interpreter-guides and by using various modes of communication can provide opportunities for people who are deaf-blind to gain independence, pursue his/her goals, have control over his/her life and interact with his/her environment. Additional information is available at www.rotarycheshirehomes.org.
The Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) is the only residential training centre in Canada for people who have become deaf-blind. CHKC was developed to fulfill the un-met needs of the deaf-blind community by providing training in independent living skills, communication, computers, and other activities of daily living. Additional information is available at www.chkc.org.